The Dude’s High 5s: 1 Hit Wonders

What the hell? Is it time for another musical High 5? I hate these things. Oh well, nothing to do but dive into it. Half of the songs that I love are pretty much 1 hit wonders. While these bands may have other good songs, they really only had one hit. So please spare me the defensive arguments if I touch a nerve. I understand, I too love the Sundays, Letters to Cleo, Better than Ezra, Cake, Chumbawumba, The Verve, Harvey Danger, The Toadies, Deep Blue Something, Fine Young Cannibals, Space Hog, and so on … ok, maybe not so much on the Chumbawuba. So without further adieu, may favorite 1 Hit Wonders.

5. Natural One Folk Implosion (1996)

I don’t know what it is about this song, I just like it is all.


4. Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla (1996)

1996 was probably my favorite year for music. Sure, it had the Macarena, but it also had songs like this. We also got “What I got” by Sublime, “Wonderwall” by Oaisis, “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something, “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers, and another contribution to this list. Truly a golden age of music.


3. The Freshmen The Verve Pipe (1997)

The Verve Pipe now sing children’s songs. Depending on who you ask, The Freshman is about a dude who breaks up with his girlfriend, and then gets depressed when she overdoses, or about abortion. Either way it is not a children’s song.


2. Hum – Stars (1995)

I don’t even think this was a hit. All I know is that it got a lot of airplay back in the day and I never heard anything else from Hum.


1. Novocaine for the Soul – Eels (1996)

See, 1996 was awesome. I completely forgot about this song until I started running through some of the 1 hit wonders of the past few decades. Maybe I’ll try to find my hard copy of it so I can rip it to my vast music library (read as: 195 songs).


More evidence that 1996 was a great music year,  K’s Choice, Not an Addict.


To close out this High 5 about 1 hit wonders let me present Semisonic with “Closing Time” (1999).  P.S. If you have never seen this video, the cinematography in it is amazing.

What 1 hit wonders do you folks remember?